I am amazed how often I hear things like, “God wouldn’t do that!” or “How can a loving God allow this to happen?” At the heart of these statements is the idea that God is somehow incapable or unable to keep control of everything, in other words, God is not omnipotent or all-powerful.
Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?
In this passage from Acts, the Apostle Paul is making a defense of his faith before the visiting King Agrippa and his wife Bernice. Paul knows the Word of God and he is building a logical argument as to how Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and by His name, salvation is granted. Paul asks this question to all those around him. We should also ask ourselves, “Why should it be thought incredible that God raises the dead?”
God is able to do anything and He can certainly force us to behave in a certain manner. But God loves us and gives us the freedom of choice; to chose whether to obey or disobey Him. Many years ago, our ancestors, Adam and Eve, made the fateful decision to disobey God, allowing sin to enter into our lives and this world. Because of sin, our world is the way it is and evil abounds and things that we view as despicable or totally depraved exist alongside the good. But since God is able to do anything, He is also able to provide us the pathway to be reconciled with Him once again. Indeed, we should further ask, would it not be incredible that an all-powerful God would take the initiative to reconcile our broken relationship with Him?
God, in the single greatest act of mercy and love the universe has or ever will witness, gave us His only begotten Son to die on the Cross in substitution for our sins. And God raised Him from the dead so that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have eternal life.
We can observe this world and our relationships and be discouraged by what we see. Or we can look around and be encouraged that God loved us so much He gave His Son to die a humiliating death, taking the punishment for our sins, and then raised Him from the dead. Why wouldn’t God do it? He loves us with a perfect and all consuming love.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.